LUFTHANSA Business Class Fare Sale For Spring and Early Summer

LUFTHANSA Business Class Fare Sale For Spring and Early Summer

Lufthansa Business Class fares start from $2500 for travel between the USA and Europe this Spring and into the early Summer.

The best fares are from the East Coast where you’ll find New York to Dusseldorf or Philly to Frankfurt for only $2500.  Most other East Coast fares range between $2700 to $3000.

From the West Coast, you can fly between San Francisco and London for only $3100, making it perhaps the best deal as far as ‘cents per miles’ are concerned.   Other West Coast fares range between $3300 and $4000.

From the Mid West, you’ll find the best deals out of Detroit, where you can find fares to most of Europe in the high $2000 / low $3000 range.

Departures need to take place between April 25 and June 30, 2017 while return travel must be completed by June 30, 2018.   Tickets need to be purchased 10 days prior to departure.

The fare sale runs through March 30.

LUFTHANSA Updates Long Haul Aircraft Assignments For Fall/Winter 2018

LUFTHANSA Updates Long Haul Aircraft Assignments For Fall/Winter 2018

Before Spring ever arrives (at least north of the Equator), LH is already looking to the end of the year and has tweaked aircraft assignments on a handful of long-haul routes.   This of course is done primarily because of demand shifts based on the season as well as maintenance schedules for certain aircraft types.

The changes are as follows:

  • Frankfurt – Atlanta beginning October 29 will see the A343.
  • Frankfurt – Bangkok effective October 28 will see the A380 instead of the 744.
  • Frankfurt – Chennai effective October 29 will see the 343.
  • Frankfurt – Dallas effective October 29 will see a mix of the A333 and A343.
  • Frankfurt – Hong Kong effective October 29 will see the 747-8i instead of the A380.
  • Frankfurt – Male effective November 1 will see the A333 in stead of the A343.
  • Frankfurt – Philadelphia effective October 29 will see the A343.
  • Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro effective October 28 will see the 747 instead of the 747-8i.

Source:  Lufthansa Schedule Management

 

LUFTHANSA Reaches Labor Peace With Pilots

LUFTHANSA Reaches Labor Peace With Pilots

Lufthansa has announced that it has reach an agreement with Vereinigung Cockpit (VC)  that will finally put pilots under contract with a new labor deal.   This announcement comes on the heels of negotiations that had taken place between LH, VC and an outside mediator in February 2017.

This finally puts to rest a labor squabble that has lasted since 2014 and has cost Lufthansa €500 million and forced passengers to endure 14 strikes.

Though minor details are yet to be worked out, the sides agreed to the following key points:

  • Lufthansa will NOT outsource jobs to pilots who are not covered under the new agreement.   Previously, LH suggested that up to 40 aircraft could be manned by cockpit crew that would be exempt from any labor agreement.
  • Pilots will receive a pay increase of 11.2% retroactive to 2012 and prorated through 2022.  They will also get a one time bonus of 1.8x their monthly salary.
  • Lufthansa has promised to maintain a minimum fleet size of 325 aircraft, thus ensuring opportunities for hiring new pilots to enter Lufthansa’s Pilot Training Program, as well as creating opportunities for advancement of current pilots to move on to flying larger aircraft as their careers develop.   The target of 325 aircraft needs to be reached or maintained by 2022.
  • Lufthansa will be able to recharacterize the pension liabilities currently on it’s balance sheet.   This accounting maneuver will result in an improved balance sheet to the tune of 100s of millions of Euros and be accretive to Lufthansa’s balance sheet for 2017.  Pilots have agreed to convert their pension to a Defined Benefit Plan.

Once the deal is voted on and approved by pilots, it will be in force until May 2022.